Digestion starts in the mouth and ends with our bowl movement, but in order to keep us happy and healthy our gastrointestinal tracts have to work very hard! A healthy gut will depend on having your intestinal bacteria well balanced which will also promote a healthy immune system. We don’t have a permanent supply of beneficial bacteria and there are many factors that our gut is dependent on such as: our age, gender, hygiene, stress, medication use, first foods and others.
Gut Fact: You have more bacteria in your gut than cells in your body and almost 70% of your immune system cells live in or around the gut!
Some tips to promote a healthy gut are to eliminate foods/drinks that you know are problematic, eliminating sugar alcohols if you are struggling with bloating and cramping. Slow down while chewing as this process is important for enzyme release and breaking food down into particles that are manageable for the gut. Consider digestive enzyme and/or probiotics supplements. Avoid common triggers such as: added sugars, refined grains, MSG, NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen or naproxen drugs), acid blockers and alcohol.